Time is such a tremendous commodity.
“There isn’t enough time!”
“I’m running out of time!”
“Time is FLYING!”
I don’t know about you, but I hear these phrases all the… time. I even use these phrases myself… from time to time.
Time is very important for every business. “Time is money!!!” Time can positively or negatively affect efficiency, profit margins, payroll and a number of other facets of operations. I believe our relationship with time impacts our health and well being too. It is so easy to slip into a bad habit of “never having enough time”. I think time management is a practice, similar to a yoga practice. Finding the time for our work, our business, our relationships AND ourselves is not impossible, it just requires patience, practice, and willingness to find a flow of time that works.
The holiday season / rush to start the new year can create a time crunch. Hustling and bustling, traffic jams, mass transit weather delays, stress, stress and STRESS are all hallmarks of this season. It is so nice to “stop time” now and then to take a breather or to share a meal and a laugh with friends or loved ones. It is so special to connect and spend time with the people who are “on your bus” and in your corner. I am very grateful to the friends that give me a few hours during such as busy season. It is inspiring, stimulating and uplifting to come together, talk eye to eye, float ideas, laugh and enjoy each other’s spirit. It is a great gift (at any time of year) to give a few hours to a friend, coworker, family member, new acquaintance or organization.
At a performance of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra earlier this month, the conductor, Thomas Wilkins, made a great point about gift giving this holiday season. He conveyed the idea that instead of worrying about what to buy each other, we should instead “be the gift” to someone in our lives. There are so many ways to “be the gift” the possibilities seem endless; it simply costs a little time and the practice can be maintained during the holidays and beyond.
Wishing you a wonderful week,